Four PADI Junior Open Water students from PADI Dive Centre, Kids Scuba received their PADI Certificates from the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah, YB Datuk Pang Yuk Ming during the official launch of Mabul World Turtle Day 2013.
The Mabul World Turtle Day program held in Mabul Island was in collaboration with Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in conjunction with World Turtle Day 2013 from May 22-24.
The four PADI Junior Open Water Divers – Danial Hafiz, Nur Qamarina, Nur Ainah and Najwa Amni were specially trained in Mabul Island by Syed Abd Rahman, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer from Kids Scuba and his team. Their training took place three days prior to the Mabul World Turtle Day program so the kids could witness the underwater turtle catching and tagging process for scientific research.
The program also involved other scuba diver volunteers working to catch, photograph, and measure and tag the resident turtles found in the waters of the renowned island off Semporna, Sabah. Special celebrity guest Dato Seri Michelle Yeoh also assisted in the program with the kids.
Syed Abd Rahman, PADI MSDT and Director of Kids Scuba, explains “The objective of this event – involving the PADI Junior Open Water Divers – is to create public awareness, while enhancing education, research and conservation of the sea turtle population in the waters of Mabul.”
The program was made possible with several partners, namely -Uncle Chang’s Resort, 1Borneo Ballroom Sdn Bhd, Kids Scuba, PADI Asia Pacific, Borneo Divers Mabul Resort and The Borneo Connections Sdn Bhd.
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